Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium


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A complex, dark, fruity, chocolatey brew. First version from De Proef in Lochristi, near Ghent. Current version care of Van Steenberge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2007
Deep red brown body, huge beige head, thick lacing; Big very malty sugary sweet nose, lots of Belgium candis syrup aromas; Huge soft carbonation on soft textured body, bitter and quite sweet; Long very sweet powerful finish, lots of malty sweet aromas. Good big warm and powerful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2007
Sampled in a cozy bar/resturant in Antwerp with pat. The bars specilaity. Dark burnt orangey red colour with an ample off brwon head. Aroma of soft berries poached in red wine, roasted malts, sugar an some autumn spiced pop-pourii. Caramel and golden malts dominate with layers of dried fruit and nutmeg/cinnamon. Good with my meal choice but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20003) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2007
Bottled@’t Waagstuk. Dark ruby red colour, mediumsized beige head. Sweet malts, some roasted thi0ng along. Also some dry dark fruits. Flavour is caramel, malts, spices and notes of yeast. Nicely balanced, but not very exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (19665) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2007
Bottle at ’t Waagstuk, Antwerpen. Hazy orange brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of dried fruits, fruits, spices, cookies and liquorice. Flavour of dried fruits, fruits and spices with notes of liquorice, cookies and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2007
Aroma is cola, dark candy sugar, roasted barley. Taste is reasonably balanced, dark fruits, bready.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2007
(Bottle 33 cl) Clear, orangey brown with a gigantic, dense and retentive, beige head - shaving foam style. Vinous aroma with lots of dried fruit and port notes. Distinct, full body with lots of raisin notes and roasted malts. A very warming alcohol in the finish. 020507

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 I have tasted both versions. I find the version of ’De Proef’ better. It is still an excellent beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2007
A Sim rate (bottle from Waagstuk). Liquorice and red grapes in the aroma. Flavour is very complex with raisins, grapes, red wine and more liquorice. Finish is long and satisfying. Dark, ruby red appearance with decent head and lacing. Heftiest beer I have had so far this weekend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2007
Bottle, Waagstuk. Reddish brown body, beige rocky head. Sweet aroma, cherry, wood, licorice, caramel, nuts. Sweet berry sugar flavour, with alcohol and caramel malt. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (5967) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2007
Huge offwhite head; hazy dark red barely translucent body with carbonation. Sweet alcoholic licorice aroma with chocolate notes, slightly unbalanced. Deep sweet bitterish cinnamon and licorice taste, again somewhat off balance. Dry spicy fruity aftertaste. Alcohol heat, and some taste as well. Quite nice, but far from perfect. (0.33l bottle at ’t Waagstuk, Antwerp. Bottle says it’s brewed by Bios Ertvelde, but looks just like the one in the picture.)

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